Canada to send military equipment to Ukraine

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Ernst Kuglin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

CFB TRENTON — Canada is airlifting non-lethal military equipment to the Ukraine in response to continued “Russian expansion along its borders.”

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

The first of a series of flights from CFB Trenton was scheduled to leave at 5 p.m.

The C-130J Hercules transport was packed with 61 containers, marked “diplomatic mail.”

The aircraft was loaded with what officials described as detection equipment, emergency medical kits, helmets, protective vests, ballistic eye wear and other material.

Nicholson said the equipment will be turned over to the Ukrainian government after the aircraft makes the 17-hour flight.

“This equipment will provide physical and medical protection to those in the front lines fighting against the insurgency,” Nicholson said. “Ukraine asked for this and we are delivering.”

Nicholson said the shipments are part of a continuing process by the government that follows up on recent sanctions.

“It’s part of an ongoing effort and we’re not going to stop,” he said.

When asked if military personnel would accompany some of the detection equipment to help with deployment and utilization, Nicholson said the government is sending over the “Armed Forces with this equipment at the present time, but are turning over to the Ukrainian government.”

Nicholson said Canada is prepared to apply further political and military pressure.


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